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September 28, 2012
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In this Monday, Sept. 13, 2012 photo, The Rev. Arthur Burton Schirmer, 62, right, is led into district court by Pennsylvania State Trooper Bill Skotleski in Tannersville, Pa. Schirmer is accused of killing his wife and staging a car accident in July 2008 to cover up the murder. On Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 he was charged in the death of his first wife, Jewel, in 1999.

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In this Feb. 7, 2012 photo, after the end of a pretrial hearing in his murder case in Stroudsburg, Pa., Arthur Schirmer leaves court and heads back to jail . Schirmer is charge with killing his second wife, Betty and disguising her death by crashing his car into a guide rail. On Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 he was charged in the death of his first wife, Jewel, in 1999.

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Lebanon County, Pa., District Attorney Dave Arnold, right, announces Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 that retired Pennsylvania pastor Arthur Benton ‘A.B.’ Schirmer has been charged in the 1994 death of his first wife, Jewel Schirmer. With Arnold is Jewel Schirmer’s brother, John Behney. Schirmer also is awaiting a January trial in Monroe County on a homicide charge in the death of his second wife, Betty Schirmer, in September 2010.